Today I ran my first half marathon. Around the 10th mile I was struggling to run up a steep hill, and I looked over and saw another runner walking up the hill next to me faster than I was running. I realized that it took a lot of energy at that point to try [...]
Last week in the Disney Animal Kingdom, our safari guide taught us about the gigantic Boabab tree. One Boabab tree can hold as much as 4.5 thousand liters of water. This tree is often called the “Upside-down Tree” because when it’s leaves fall the branches look like roots and and the tree appears to be [...]
About 14 years ago I tried to start a Brazilian adoption program. I worked to help a U.S. couple adopt a little baby boy. In the end, the adoption could not be completed because of Brazilian adoption policies.
Sonia and Everaldo, dear friends in Brazil, adopted the baby boy and named him Miguel. The Brazilian adoption program [...]
Spiritual abuse occurs when we mistreat another person in the name of God, faith or religion. David Johnson & Jeff VanVonderen, in their book “The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse”, describe spiritual abuse:
“It’s possible to become so determined to defend a spiritual place of authority, a doctrine or a way of doing things that you [...]
Last weekend Crystal and I went sand duning with our friends Matt and Michelle at the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in southern Utah. The park is comprised of 3,730 acres of breathtaking pink coral-colored dunes, surrounded by red sandstone cliffs, blue skies, and deep emerald forests. Imagine pink sand dunes and lush pine trees. [...]
I just read an article from Forbes titled “The Savings Bugbear” in which Stephane Fitch describes how economic doomsayers insist the increase in consumer savings may spoil the economic recovery. The article talks about consumers putting away their credit cards and saving instead. Last year Americans saved virtually nothing, and now Americans are saving 4% [...]
On Saturday I took the ferry to Liberty Island in New York Harbor for the the first time to visit the statue which has become the most well-recognized symbol for America and liberty.
Did you know that the official name for this statue is not “The Statue of Liberty?” It was instead named “Liberty Enlightening the [...]
The following blog entry is a review of a movie I recently watched, titled Forever Strong.
Warning: The movies I like the best generally get poor reviews with movie critics. “It’s a Wonderful Life” is one of my all-time favorite movies. I love the epic battle between good and evil and do not think it is [...]
One of my favorite scriptures describes a holy man named Moroni who lived during the year 72 B.C.:
If all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children [...]
Through years of Sunday School, I have been taught many lessons about the basic steps of repentance (feeling remorse, confessing to God, asking forgiveness, rectifying the problem, forsaking the sin and receiving forgiveness). However, I don’t remember ever hearing a lesson about the steps of forgiveness.
I clearly understand the importance of forgiving and I [...]